Leaving for summer and reflecting on my first year

All clear and a little sad looking before I leave the room for good.

It’s almost time for me to go home for summer and leave behind my first year at uni and my accommodation. It is a strange feeling because I am super excited to be going home and I cannot wait to see my family again but it is bittersweet leaving the room and flat which have been my home for the past 9 months. My room was a tip while I packed with boxes and bags everywhere and I honestly didn’t realise how much stuff I had.

Packing in full flow
Packing in full flow


Now it seems a little sad as my room is completely empty and no longer feels like mine.

All clear and a little sad looking before I leave the room for good.
All clear and a little sad looking before I leave the room for good.


Looking back over the year there are have been positives and things I would change if I could go back. First let’s look at positives: I have made some amazing friends, learnt lots about a subject which I enjoy, had the privilege of learning this information from amazing lecturers, achieved some very decent grades, and many more positives that I cannot fit in here.

One of my biggest regrets is spending too much time doing the things I thought I should do and not doing the things I wanted to do. Especially near the start of the year I thought I should go to nightclubs even though that really isn’t my thing. I also thought I should enjoy them but I really didn’t. It took me so long to realise that you don’t have to do things that you don’t want to do (I mean optional things not lectures and assignments – you MUST do those).

For second year I plan to do more of what I want without feeling like I should be doing something else. I also plan to try to be more organised especially as second year is when the marks count towards the final degree mark. I feel like second year is going to be my year but that is not to say that I didn’t enjoy first year.

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Hi, I’m Alexandra! Studying Psychology (BSc) in my second year, but in my spare time I enjoy baking, reading and walking in the countryside! I’m a member of the Psychology Society, and I hope to study a Masters and PhD when I graduate and then one day, to be a Psychology Researcher – it can really help to change people’s lives! My guilty pleasure is chocolate, I love it too much!

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